MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a big heavy metal fan, has fulfilled a lifelong dream by getting to meet his favorite rock band, Deep Purple.
The British group met the leader for tea at his residence of Gorki outside Moscow on Wednesday, Russian news agencies said.
The 45-year-old president told Deep Purple the band has been a favorite of his since the age of 12. He also revealed that as a DJ at his school in Leningrad he would play rock music at discos, after first getting the approval of the Communist youth organization.
Medvedev is a well-known heavy metal fan, while Vladimir Putin, his predecessor and Russia's current prime minister, is reported to be an ABBA fan.